The Event Trust Funds program applies local and state gains from sales and use, auto rental, hotel and alcoholic beverage taxes generated over a specified period of time. Eligible events are not restricted to sports, but the venue must have been selected through a highly competitive selection process.
The Event Trust Funds can be used to help pay costs related to preparing for or conducting an event, including equipment, or to pay principal and interest on notes used to build or improve facilities to host the proposed event. One hundred percent of allowable expenses can be funded provided sufficient tax receipts are deposited in the trust fund. The state has three separate event trust fund programs (the Events Trust Fund, Major Events Reimbursement Program and Motor Sports Racing Trust Fund), each designed to support different types of events.
Guidelines to the Events Trust Fund Programs should be reviewed before applying to the program.
View the Event Trust Funds Award database (as of April 30, 2017) of ETF/MERP/MSRTF Application Approvals and Disbursements since September 1, 2015. Updates will occur monthly.
For more information, please contact the Economic Development Finance department within the Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) Office at (512) 936-0100.